1) Fruit - good fresh or dried There are 3 main varieties - Morus Alba (White Mulberry), Morus Nigra (Black Mulberry), Morus Rubra (Red Mulberry). Morus Nigra is generally considered the tastiest, but i like the whites as well, especially dried. The Reds are wild american types which tend to be more cold tolerant, as far north as Canada. There are a wide range of cultivars from around the world with different qualities, including huge berries, improved flavor, everbearing, drought-tolerance or cold-tolerance. 2) Leaves are High-Protein Human & Animal Forage Mulberry leaves are 25% protein and digestible even for humans. Yes, eat the canopy. It's not quite iceberg lettuce, but less bitter than many garden greens. Slightly fibrous, but not such that you end up with fibers in your teeth. Eat raw or cooked. Traditionally, mulberry leaves are stuffed like grape leaves. Some people put them in green smoothies. I just graze on the tip leaves right off the tree. If I start to spin silk and pupate, you'll know why. As an animal forage, mulberry is preferred over other forage by rabbits, goats and many ruminants. Tilapia will eat it, and likely other fish for aquaculture. Feed your worm bin or Black-Sodier Fly pod to feed the chickens. Etc. Having a pest-free & maintenance free endless supply of high-protein veggies 6 - 9 months of the year without having to till, sow or water & save seed is a big plus. 3) Zombie-proof stealth crop If the zombies want a side-dish to accompany brains, they will ramble right past your mulberry and head for your larder or veggie plot. At worst they might steal your berry crop. 4) Fast growing biomass for composting, growing mushrooms, etc. The annual leaf drop from my mulberry tree is enough organic matter to add a garden bed every year. Last winter I got my mulberry leaf compost up to 130f, should have coiled a hose in the pile for hot showers. 5) Easy to propagate by cutting or seeds Just cut off a branch, trim the leaves and stick it in the earth, water occasionally & voila, new tree! Seedlings will pop up here and there on their own. 6) Produces long, straight & branchless poles which can be used like bamboo for many purposes I use them mostly for garden stakes & trellises, but I could think of a hundred uses, especially post SHTF 7) Can be coppiced to the ground and will grow back quickly Let's say you or someone else takes a chainsaw to the trunk - no problem, it'll be back in one season. 8) Fast growing firewood Despite being a very fast growing tree, the wood is decent firewood. Especially good if you want uniform, small diameter wood for feeding cooking fires or rocket stoves. Larger hunks of firewood can be had by pollarding main limbs or coppicing to the ground. 9) Deciduous Shade Tree for passive solar cooling Ours sits on the west side of the house and fills out to block the hot western sun at just the right time of year. Drops leaves to allow in winter sun. 10) Attracts small game for trapping Roast squirrel anyone?